We're happy about the presidential forum that Mike Huckabee hosted on FOX News on Saturday. First, because it was on a weekend and didn't interfere with our show. But also because it was not the usual, mainstream media format for these Republican debates.
Instead of journalists asking "gotcha" questions to trip up candidates or to get them to attack each other, Huckabee got three attorneys general to ask serious questions of each candidate individually. You really got a much better idea of what's going on in the heads of these candidates -- how they formulate their ideas, and what they'd likely do if they were president.
Donald Trump is going to be holding another non-traditional debate on December 27th, and already the establishment is getting hysterical that anything Trump will do couldn't possibly be taken seriously. Even Ron Paul took a swipe at Trump, saying he thought a Trump debate would be beneath the presidency and would just turn into a platform for Trump instead of the candidates.
Well, of course Trump will use it for Trump. But we don't mind him padding his brand a little if along the way we get some new insights into the candidates. Frankly, we're more interested in seeing a candidate react to a Trump question about leadership or management than hearing yet another boring, mainstream media question about taxes or Iran.
And to see the candidates jousting with someone who has significant power and money might give us an idea of how that kind of jousting might work out in the real world of power and money, where presidents have to operate.
We look forward to the Trump forum. We just hope it's not on during our show! Of course, that's why they invented TiVo.
David Asman joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 1997 and currently serves as host of "Forbes on FOX," a weekend half-hour program that offers an informative look at the business week (Saturday from 11:00-11:30 AM/ET). Asman is also an anchor on FOX Business Network, where he co-hosts "After the Bell" (4-5 PM/ET) with anchor Liz Claman.